We're into 2021 now, and everything is done and dusted with the political campaign. But everything is not done: join me for the next step in taking charge of a better political future for Northwestern Pennsylvania by subscribing to my new free weekly newsletter over on substack. I'm thinking of it as the new, mostly-written-word … Continue reading Mondays With Matt v2.0
We didn't win. And that's a bummer. But we worked hard, stayed off the low road (even when the trolls hurled flaming poo sandwiches at us), and ran a campaign of ideas. So the election is over, and we might be stuck with the same useless rep in District 6, but things are looking up … Continue reading The End of the Road…And…Then…
Throwback Thursday: I wrote this in April of 2020, about the ways the legislative majority was *already* failing the Commonwealth in its cynical Covid response. Sadly, it remains true, and apt, and a signal that those reps are never in our corner. They wasted the summer, and workers and businesses are suffering because of it. We all suffer their false representation.
First the tl;dr...watch the video, even just a few minutes. You will get an immediate sense of how different we are. I truly appreciated the civility of the discussion, but there were also mega fireworks under that surface. In the annotations that follow, I will explain several key moments, add context and commentary, and shine … Continue reading Matt v. Brad: An Annotated Forum
This is an origin story. Of the forces of hope and action facing off against the banality of an evil so mediocre it defines itself only through opposition to the greater good. Super Ultra Liberal Left Man will never submit to the morass of despair cultivated by the Mediocre Right Wing. (Pause narration: so, yeah, … Continue reading Super Ultra Liberal Left Man!
Showing up. Not much could be more important for a representative. The entire job is to show up for your district, and to use your position to advocate for your neighbors. Unfortunately, some politicians get so cozy in their jobs, or view their role in such cynical terms, that they show up in ways that … Continue reading Showing Up
In 2019, thanks to the nearly-unanimous Act 3, the Eastern Hellbender became the official state amphibian of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. One of the six no votes in the PA House? Yeah, that would be our incumbent. And as foolish and short-sighted as that vote happens to be, it's also a great opening into an … Continue reading Voting Against Hellbenders
This weekend, someone backing the other dude put out a little gleeful dig post, which included this line about me: “he seems like such an unhappy person.” Nope. Not at all. In fact, I’m running because I have hope for a better future, which is a stance based on optimism. But let’s catalog the things … Continue reading On Unhappiness
Ballots are coming to your mailbox soon! And since this is such an important election, we need to ensure that we vote in overwhelming numbers, and do so mindful that unscrupulous political operatives are working hard to prevent that. This week’s Monday Morning sketch session was all about that. Highlights below the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKxGyKI0RH8 Voter … Continue reading Mailing It In
The following is the text from my third digital town hall, from Tuesday, Sept. 29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzChvzHMHsA I’m going to open with a story, because our topic tonight is healthcare, and healthcare is personal. Not political, or at least it shouldn’t be political. When we talk about “healthcare,” we’re really talking about you, and how you … Continue reading You Deserve Healthcare